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We at TAFE NSW strongly believe in life/study balance and know how
important it is to take a break every now and then. With the holidays
rapidly approaching, we thought we'd give you a round-up of some great
activities you can do around the state that have free (or very cheap) admission.
Easily the most well-known and popular attraction in the Blue
Mountains, Echo Point is where you can view the famous Three Sisters
rock formations that tower more than 900m above the Jamison Valley.
And if you're feeling adventurous (and fit) you can go all the way to
the valley floor via the Giant Stairway. Yes, that's over 800 steel
and stone steps! Don't forget to squeeze those glutes now.
Definitely one for the nature and animal lovers. While there are
organised whale watching cruises that charge admission, if you get a
good vantage point on one of the many cliffs and beaches you can watch
these magnificent mammals for free. Most whales sighted off Jervis Bay
are humpbacks doing their annual migrations along the east coast
between June and November.
This collection of studio glass began in 1979 and is now housed in
its own purpose-built gallery in central Wagga Wagga. A world class
and nationally significant collection of over 400 pieces from both
Australian and international artists. Well worth a visit for anyone
who enjoys contemporary glass art and design.
If you love bushwalking and hand-feeding native Australian animals,
you'll love Blackbutt Reserve. Located in the middle of Newcastle's
suburbs, the area is a sprawling 182 hectare bushland reserve offering
nature trails, wildlife exhibits and four main picnic and recreational areas.
With over 900,000 visitors every year, this natural phenomenon is
Kiama's most popular tourist attraction. A viewing platform with
disability access allows for great views of the blowhole, allowing you
to stand so close you can get drenched with sea spray.
Occupying a prime harbour-side position right next to the Sydney
Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens are gorgeous at any time of
year but really come into their own in spring. Great for joggers,
picnickers, botanists and nature lovers, the Gardens are an immaculate
oasis in the middle of Sydney's concrete jungle.
The Lismore area has one of the highest koala populations in the
state and the voluntary organisation, Friends of the Koala, helps
protect the Aussie icons from the pressures of disease, habitat loss,
road traffic and dog attacks. The Centre allows you to get up close
and personal with the cuddle critters. Technically not free as they
request a $5.00 donation, but certainly worth a visit if you're in the
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